Washington state parents may find themselves struggling over the issue of child support, which can be contentious in a divorce or in a break up. Across the nation, there are billions of dollars in back child support, a telling fact that many parents are not paying as they are ordered to be. Additionally, many custodial parents do not know how to pursue the other parent if they have not been keeping up their end of their child support payments.
In one case, the mother is owed $11,000 by her ex-husband for child support. The man is unemployed and is, essentially, on the run. There is a warrant for his arrest. The federal Office of Child Support enforcement claimed in 2009 that there was $108 billion owed across the country in back child support. In cases where a parent does not pay, it often falls into the hands of the law to try to collect. If the payments are meant to be coming through the legal system, the county sheriff can become involved when the payments are six months late. By suspending licenses, including professional and driver's, using wage garnishment and taking tax refunds, the funds can be collected. If that doesn't do the trick, jail time can be a potential consequence.